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Dipendra of Nepal

Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah
King of Nepal
Reign 1–4 June 2001
Predecessor Birendra
Successor Gyanendra
Born (1971-06-27)27 June 1971
Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died 4 June 2001(2001-06-04) (aged 29)
King Birendra Military Hospital, Chhauni, Nepal
House Shah dynasty
Father Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
Mother Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah
Religion Hinduism

Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah (Nepali: दीपेन्द्र वीर विक्रम शाह) (27 June 1971 – 4 June 2001) was the thirteenth King of Nepal. He reigned from 1 to 4 June 2001[1] whilst in a coma following an incident in which he fatally shot his father (the reigning king) and other family members.


  • Education 1
  • Interests 2
  • Royal family massacre 3
  • Honours 4
  • Ancestry 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


King Dipendra received his early education at Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu. Later, he attended Eton College in England. After Eton, he attended Tribhuvan University in Nepal and later joined the Military Academy, Kharipati, Nepal. He studied Geography at Tribhuvan University for his master's degree and was a PhD student at the same university. He received military training from Academy of Royal Nepalese Gurkha Army, and piloting training from civil aviation Department.


Dipendra was interested in the fields of social service and had a keen interest in sports. He used to attend various national and international sports ceremonies where Nepalese players participated. Dipendra became a keen karateka when he was studying in England and had received black belt at around the age of 20. He was a patron of the National Sports Council and Nepal's Scouts.

Dipendra also wrote articles that were published in Nepalese periodicals. His writings were often on the motifs of nationhood and nationality.

Royal family massacre

Official reports state that Dipendra massacred his own family members including both his parents because of anger over a marriage dispute.[2] Dipendra's choice of bride was Devyani Rana, daughter of Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, a member of the Rana clan. According to the official account, Dipendra was denied his choice of a wife by his mother Queen Aishwarya. After an alcohol and hashish binge, he massacred his family in a much-publicised incident and then shot himself. Among the dead were his father King Birendra, mother, brother, and sister. Dipendra was proclaimed King as he lay comatose in a hospital bed, but died of his injuries on 4 June after a three-day reign. He was succeeded by his uncle, Prince Gyanendra.[3]


National honours
Foreign honours


See also


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External links

  • Murder and intrigue in Katmandu (World Tibet News Network)
  • Trapped in tradition (Frontline:India's National Magazine)
Dipendra of Nepal
Born: 27 June 1971 Died: 4 June 2001
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Nepal
1–4 June 2001
Succeeded by
Nepalese royalty
Preceded by
Crown Prince of Nepal
Title next held by
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